The building massing and orientation for this project was tested with energy modeling from the start to ensure total optimization. The human-scale spaces between the buildings create a pleasant pedestrian-friendly shaded environment and a unique sense of place.
The Client approached EDGE to re-evaluate the existing master plan for the Bay La Sun district designed by a leading international master planner. We strongly felt the highest value land parcels (close proximity to the water) should be the location for the higher density city center and taller developments.
Jeddah Economic Council is the organization created to oversee construction of Kingdom Tower and surrounding masterplan. The central tower element was designed by Adrian Smith, but the surrounding area still had 12,000,000 m2 which needed to be planned.
The design has been developed in conjunction with ADNEC to serve and support the growing exhibition community and businesses. The creation of pedestrian friendly areas, inspired by the spaces found in New York, together with a desire to create a true visitor destination can be best exemplified by the creation of a 35,000m2 outdoor exhibition plaza area.
The project is to be culturally responsive to the rich history and bright future of Oman, environmentally responsive to the local climate to assure sustainability and show strong disciplined character to represent the proud tradition of the Royal Oman Police and their core values of security, peace and stability.